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HEW Cyclassics - CDM
Germany, August 1, 2004
Results Live report World Cup standings
Miracle man O'Grady takes biggest win ever in Hamburg
Cautious Rebellin keeps World Cup lead
By Tim Maloney, European Editor
As the strains of "Advance Australia Fair", the national anthem of Australia echoed off the skyscrapers of across downtown Hamburg, an emotional Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis) happily climbed the podium to accept the winner's bouquet for his first World Cup win and the first men's World Cup victory by an Aussie (Phil Anderson's 1983 Amstel Gold win preceding the modern World Cup). "It's unbelievable", said a head shaking O'Grady after his victory today. Just five days short of his 31st birthday, the seemingly astonished O'Grady explained post-race that "I really had no idea how the form was today. I just used the right tactics at the finish, since I knew Rebellin and the others were after the World Cup. I felt good at the finish and just got the perfect run."
O'Grady rode a simply superb sprint today in Hamburg to come around the outside of last year's HEW winner and World Cup champion Paolo Bettini and World Champion Igor Astarloa to win. A former World Track champion, O'Grady used his well-honed tactical sense and tremendous finishing speed to smoke the other fast finishers. "It's the biggest victory of my career...it's magic," he exclaimed.
Before he got his awards, Stuey accepted a bear hug and a backslap from his best mate and super domestique Matt "Whitey" White, who did massive work today to close the gap for Stuey to come back to the front of the race in the final kilometres. Today was special for Whitey, as the Sydneysider crashed out of the Tour de France just hours before the prologue in Liege and couldn't help his best mate O'Grady battle for the green jersey at the Tour. Today in Hamburg was surely a double satisfaction for both Cofidis men.
It's been a tough 2004 season for the boyish looking freckle-faced O'Grady. His beloved grandfather died early in the year, while Stuey then got down to business early with third at Milano-San Remo in March. Then a tough race crash where he cracked three ribs took the Adelaide man out of action for Flanders. While he was laid up, the Cofidis drug scandal broke and O'Grady was caught in the middle of a major mess that suspended his team and made things quite uncertain for his future. But once Cofidis boss François Migraine cleared up his team's headaches, Stuey came charging out of the box with an excellent ride and stage win in the Dauphiné Liberé in June. O'Grady had a solid Tour De France, with a stage win in Chartres, his first in six years.
O'Grady clearly has great form coming out of the Tour De France. Already an Olympic silver and bronze medalist in track cycling, O'Grady is looking ahead thirteen days to the Olympic Road Race on August 14, where he must now be considered a strong favourite for the title, along with his podium partners Bettini and Astarloa. "I'd like to think about the World Cup, but everything's just concentrating on the Olympics from now on...but today was amazing."
With his 100 points earned today, O'Grady moved into 4th (150 points) behind leader Rebellin (232), Paolo Bettini (168) and Oscar Freire (167) .
How it unfolded
On a warm, sunny day after 15,000 riders had participated in the morning's Gran Fondo event (Jedermann Tour), 179 riders took the start in the centre of Hamburg near St.Michael's Church for the first of August's three World Cup races. Plus, this last World Cup edition of the HEW Cyclassics had special significance with the Olympic Road Race in Athens 13 days from today. The 250km course had been changed slightly to make it harder, with a 170km figure-eight course around greater Hamburg, followed by an 80km circuit that incorporates three 12.7km laps with a total of five ascents of the steep 600m Waseberg, which always has a decisive effect on the relatively flat race.
After a series of early attacks, by 20km a quartet had extricated itself from the peloton and began to gain ground. The escape consisted of Lars Michaelsen (CSC), Stefan Radochla (Illes Balears), Robert Lochowski (Wiesenhof) and Rik Reinerink (Chocolade Jacques). After 65km, the four front runners had gained 15'00 on the disinterested peloton, but the quarter of an hour lead got the attention of the magenta fury of T-Mobile team. The top German squad went to the front with the help of Rabobank, Quick.Step, and Gerolsteiner, and rode just hard enough tempo to pull back most of the lead. With 70km to go and the chasers at 2'00, tall Dutchman Reinerink realized that the rest of the break was going to get caught and dumped the others. The towering Chocolade man was finally caught with 55km to race and the real action was soon to start as the final circuits commenced.
All the top teams were trying to maintain position going into the second time up the Waseberg, where Gerolsteiner was defending for its World Cup leader Davide Rebellin. The Italian had something to prove today: his non-selection to the Italian Olympic squad had angered the usually quiet Veronese who was determined to show Italian selector Ballerini he had made a mistake. But the blue bubble water boys were battling with the blue and silver Quick.Step-Davitamon team of last year's HEW winner and World Cup champion Paolo Bettini.
After the Waseberg with 42km to go, CSC was on the attack with Bartoli, then Høj, but T-Mobile and Quick.Step were covering all moves at that point. More jockeying for position on the next lap approaching the Waseberg, where Bettini decided to test his legs, and was covered by Di Luca, Pozzato and Rebellin. The distance and the increasing intensity of attacks allowed a big group of 18 to get a gap of 15 seconds, including all the favourites, but Gerolsteiner and T-Mobile didn't like the odds and pulled the group back.
On the penultimate ascent of Waseberg, it was Di Luca on the attack, followed by World Champ Astarloa, World Cup leader Rebellin, with Bettini, Ullrich and Italian champ Cristian Moreni also there. This move was eventually neutralized, but not without a strong attack by Axel Merckx and some brilliant countermoves from Bettini, who was always closely marked by Ullrich. Once again at HEW, it would be the final assault on Waseberg with 16 km to go that would provide the decisive attack.
Gerolsteiner had Lang and Hondo on the front riding hard tempo to set up Rebellin, but as the front group of 35 riders made the right turn at the foot of the Waseberg for the final time up the steep ramp, Jan Ullrich made a strong attack up the left side of the road in a huge gear, provoking a strong reaction up the middle of the road by World Champion Astarloa. Ullrich faded as Bettini and Rebellin came across and with 15km to go, these race favourites had a gap. But eventually it was closed down by seven other chasers and the ten-strong front group was subjected to another strong attack by Merckx. FDJeux.com's Gilbert was also active, but when a big group of 20 more riders bridged across and made the front peloton 30 strong again, it was just up to O'Grady to make his race winning move around the outside for the win after Gerolsteiner led out the sprint.
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Results - 250.3 km
1 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone 5.51.39 (42.71 km/h) 2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon 3 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Lampre 4 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 5 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf 6 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 7 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team 8 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team CSC 9 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Lampre 10 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre 11 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank 12 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco 13 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com 14 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 15 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo 16 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 17 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) De Nardi 18 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 19 Vladimir Goussev (Rus) Team CSC 20 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto-Domo 21 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere 22 Michele Gobbi (Ita) De Nardi 23 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco 24 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Credit Agricole 25 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone 26 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo 27 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio-Bianchi 28 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre 29 Francesco Failli (Ita) Domina Vacanze 30 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team 31 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon 32 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.09 33 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.14 34 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco 4.04 35 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 36 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi 37 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco 38 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere 39 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor 40 Rolf Aldag (Ger) T-Mobile Team 41 Michael Skelde (Den) Alessio-Bianchi 42 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto 43 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank 44 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Wiesenhof 45 Mikhail Timochine (Rus) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 46 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone 47 Rafael Nuritdinov (Uzb) De Nardi 48 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 49 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon 50 Unai Yus Kerejeta (Spa) Brioches La Boulangere 51 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Fassa Bortolo 52 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor 53 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux.com 54 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Lampre 55 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Domo 4.09 56 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 4.11 57 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Team CSC 58 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team 7.23 59 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank 60 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Team Wiesenhof 61 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 62 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Domina Vacanze 63 Martin Derganc (Slo) Domina Vacanze 64 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Wiesenhof 65 Alexander Bazhenov (Rus) Domina Vacanze 66 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo 67 Matej Jurco (Svk) De Nardi 68 Michael Albasini (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 69 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto 70 Erki Pütsep (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance 71 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre 72 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere 73 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Gerolsteiner 74 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor 75 Frank Hoj (Den) Team CSC 76 Benoît Joachim (Lux) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor 77 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole 78 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 79 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 80 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJeux.com 81 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 82 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Credit Agricole 83 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto 84 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 85 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo 86 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon 87 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo 88 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon 89 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi 90 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi 91 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R Prevoyance 92 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC 93 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) FDJeux.com 94 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 95 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile Team 96 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon 97 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole 98 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems 99 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco 11.40 100 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto 101 Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Den) Team CSC 102 Rony Martias (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere 103 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Wiesenhof 104 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 105 Chris Peers (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf 106 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone 107 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) De Nardi 108 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole 109 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Rabobank 110 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 111 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 112 Tom Steels (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 113 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone 16.59 114 Yuri Mitlushenko (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon DNF Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick Step-Davitamon DNF Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Olaf Pollack (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team DNF Jan Schaffrath (Ger) T-Mobile Team DNF Stephan Schreck (Ger) T-Mobile Team DNF Robert Hunter (RSA) Rabobank DNF Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank DNF Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo DNF Leon Van Bon (Ned) Lotto-Domo DNF Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Lotto-Domo DNF Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo DNF Stijn Devolder (Bel) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor DNF Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor DNF David Zabriskie (USA) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor DNF Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Saeco DNF Giosuè Bonomi (Ita) Saeco DNF David Loosli (Swi) Saeco DNF Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC DNF Michael Sandstod (Den) Team CSC DNF Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone DNF Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone DNF Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone DNF Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Cyril Dessel (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Alexandre Usov (Blr) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Alessio-Bianchi DNF Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi DNF Martin Hvastija (Slo) Alessio-Bianchi DNF Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com DNF Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com DNF Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com DNF Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre DNF Florent Brard (Fra) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf DNF Andy Cappelle (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf DNF Bert Hiemstra (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf DNF Rik Reinerink (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf DNF Jan Van Velzen (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf DNF Bart Voskamp (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf DNF Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Tony Bracke (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere DNF Alexandre Naulleau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere DNF José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto DNF Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto DNF Steffen Radochla (Ger) Illes Balears-Banesto DNF Antonio Tauler (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto DNF Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance DNF Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance DNF Cédric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole DNF Sébastien Joly (Fra) Credit Agricole DNF Damien Nazon (Fra) Credit Agricole DNF Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) De Nardi DNF Charles Wegelius (GBr) De Nardi DNF Andrus Aug (Est) Domina Vacanze DNF Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Domina Vacanze DNF Andris Nauduzs (Lat) Domina Vacanze DNF Jens Heppner (Ger) Team Wiesenhof DNF Martin Müller (Ger) Team Wiesenhof DNF Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Team Wiesenhof DNF Roberto Lochowski (Ger) Team Wiesenhof
World Cup standings after round 6